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The DC LERA Board of Governors cordially invites
you to the monthly luncheon meeting

May 24, 2017
We urge you to pre-register TODAY for this event!

The Impact of Trade Policies on Labor & Employment:
Global Developments and Emerging Trends

With world leaders debating the future of trade, proponents assert that expanded trade through regional or bilateral agreements will lift all boats while opponents decry its negative impact on a wide range of workers and local economies. What’s going on and how should we evaluate proposed future policies?

Please join us for a panel discussion chaired by professor PadidehAla’i, Director of the Program on Trade, Investment and Development (TID) at America University’s Washington School of Law.

Joining Prof. Ala’I with their expert insights on some of these issues, such as the new Canada-EU Trade Agreement, will be: Ben Harrison, Senior Trade Advisor, European Union Delegation to the U.S. and Jeff Wheeler, DC LERA President and adjunct assistant professor, Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy. We will also have an open discussion with experts in our audience for their views and insights.

Thanks to sponsorship of the Spanish Embassy, this luncheon event
will feature paella and be held at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain at 2801 16th St., NW.

Lunch will be served at Noon, followed by the panel discussion beginning at 12:30.

We urge you to pre-register for this event!

Time: Sign-in begins: 11:30.
$5. Please register.
Walk-ins OK: Please
register in advance by emailing your name and affiliation to Jackie Brown at so we can order enough food.
Getting there: The closest Metro Station is Columbia Heights on the
Green/Yellow lines. If driving, please leave time to find parking.

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The DC LERA is on the cusp of tidal changes in national labor policies. Battles between powerful political forces in Washington will determine the future of work for decades to come. We are a non-partisan forum in Washington where these conflicting ideas and ideologies coexist.
We sponsor a series of monthly luncheons on crucial economic, legal, and social issues in employer–employee relations. Thanks to our location, DC LERA draws support from the Washington policy community, with members and speakers from government, universities, unions, think tanks, and policy advocate organizations. Our luncheon programs offer great opportunities for labor rela­tions professionals, union leaders, policy special­ists, scholars, and students to express their views, enrich their knowledge and expand their networks.
A special dimension of DC LERA’s program is international labor relations. We are honored and privileged that representatives of Washington’s diplomatic delegations are active participants in our Chapter. They learn, but they also give back. Attachés and counselors give us inside views of labor relations in Asia and Europe.
We invite you to join us in this fascinating journey. You can join or renew by clicking here. Questions? Please send an email to Pat McHugh at  Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing you at our great events!  Your tax adviser should confirm that your payment is tax deductible as dues paid to a non-profit professional association.
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If you missed a 2017  meeting...



Muslim Americans in the Workplace: Melting Pot or Boiling Cauldron? with guest speakers Meira Neggaz and Qasim Rashid. Click here to learn more...

Why Some
Rustbelt Cities
Are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth
A talk by Antoine van Agtmael
Senior Advisor Foreign Policy Analytics. Click here to learn more...
From the Mines to Your Smartphone – The Hidden Costs Workers Pay:
A talk by Todd Frankel, Staff Writer, The Washington Post. Click here to learn more...

Labor Confronts a New Era: Why US Unions Face an Existential Crisis, and What They Can Do to Meet It, A Symposium Led by Joseph McCartin, Professor, Georgetown University and Director, the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor.

A 2016 Recap...

The 2016 Election – What It Means for Workers and Unions with guest speaker Harold Meyerson, Executive Director, The American Prospect. Click here to learn more...
Why the 2016 Election Will Be Historic Game Changer for Working Women with guest speaker Dr. Lane Windham, Fellow in Residence, Georgetown University's Kalmanovitz Initiative
for Labor and the Working Poor
. Click here to learn more...


The Rise of the Conservative War
on Unions and Civil Rights
with guest speaker

Tula A. Connell, Ph.D.,
Senior Communications Officer Solidarity Center. Click here to learn more...


Trump, Sanders and the Politics of Revolt with guest speaker Harold Meyerson, Executive Director, The American Prospect.  Click here to learn more...
Trade, Jobs and Wages with guest speaker Robert E. Scott, Senior Economist and Director of Trade and
Manufacturing Policy Research, Economic Policy Institute. Click here to learn more...

Organizing for Greater 
Economic, Racial and Social Justice
with guest speaker Prof. Marilyn Sneiderman, Professor, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations / Director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organizations. Click here to learn more...